Caspersen Beach, Florida
Most of the days I was in the Venice area I spent at Caspersen Beach, a natural beach farther out on the barrier island from some of the more popular spots. Though the quarter mile of beach closest to the parking areas is fairly busy, it’s easy to find a secluded spot farther down where its easy to lay without another person in sight. I don’t know where the beach technically ends but the sand stretches for miles making it possible to walk for a couple hours at least. This is I did on multiple occasions, catching such gems as a seagull catching a sunfish and a huge dead jellyfish being carried in by the surf.
The unique thing about Caspersen Beach – and why many people choose to visit (thankfully in a cluster, leaving me in peace) – is the prevalence of shark’s teeth and shells that wash up on shore or can be found by wading into the shallows. This is apparently a world-famous destination for collectors and I saw many people trolling the waterline with nets and screens and scooping apparatus. Most of the teeth are fossilized, up to 1.8 million years old, and many are thus remains from extinct species but newer teeth can be found as well. On one of my walks I actually saw an 8-10 foot shark less than 10 feet from where I was in the surf, which made me reconsider further swims.
As I mentioned, I was blessed with secluded stretches of beach and so when I wasn’t walking or jumping in for a swim I spent my time reading and doing yoga. The beach is a wonderful place and quite beautiful.